Bay of Islands

Why you should visit the Bay of Islands

  • Take a sailing trip around some of the 144 beach lined islands
  • Dig for native shellfish at low tide on 90-mile beach
  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty grounds and see the world’s largest Kauri tree
  • Stay at Eagles Nest perched high overlooking the Bay of Islands

A little more about the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is both stunningly beautiful and historically significant. With a sub-tropical climate, you can enjoy beach and water activities, explore one of the many nature trails, visit the ancient Kauri forests, swim with dolphins, charter a boat to go fishing or to explore the 144 different islands in the bay.

The first European settlers landed in this area and the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in the Bay of Islands and is still celebrated every year at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Each town in the Bay of Islands has its own unique culture and lifestyle - from the more up-market lifestyle of Kerikeri to bustling Paihia and the beautiful seaside town of Russell with its fine old buildings and pretty waterfront.

In the far north is Cape Reinga with some spectacular coastal scenery and it is here that the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, sometimes generating waves up to 10 metres high during stormy weather. Walk or swim on 90-mile beach or try your hand at sandboarding amidst the dunes that fringe the beach.

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